D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Conference on Food Ethics

April 14-16, 2016

The 2016 Conference on Food Ethics sought to gather community members, students and scholars for a conversation on the ethical responsibilities of individuals, communities, businesses and government agencies in regard to food.    

Plenary Speakers

Will AllenWill Allen, Farmer, Founder and CEO
Growing Power Inc.  

Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved urban populations. After a brief career in professional basketball and a number of years in corporate marketing at Procter & Gamble, Will Allen returned to his roots as a farmer, using his retirement package to purchase a plot of inner-city land with greenhouses, where he has built the country’s pre-eminent urban farm. He is now the CEO of Growing Power, an organization that develops community food systems.  In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur “Genius Grant” Foundation Fellow. He is only the second farmer to have ever received this award. In May 2010, Time magazine named Will one the “World’s 100 Most Influential People.” In 2011, Will was named one of the “World’s 7 Most Influential Foodies” by Michael Pollan and Forbes Magazine.  Will lives with his wife in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.


Peter AllenPeter Allen, Farmer and Ecologist
Mastodon Valley Farm | Savanna Gardens

Peter is an ecologist-turned-farmer applies his background in complexity science and ecology towards the design, restoration, and management of diverse savanna agro-ecosystems. He and his wife Maureen founded Mastodon Valley Farm in Southwestern Wisconsin where they are homesteading, planting lots of trees, and grazing lots of animals. Peter teaches courses and offers consulting services to help others design and manage agriculturally productive and ecologically regenerative landscapes. 


Sarah LloydSarah Lloyd, Rural Sociologist 
Wisconsin Farmers Union

Sarah Lloyd farms with her husband Nels Nelson on the 400-cow Nelson family dairy farm outside of Wisconsin Dells, WI.  Sarah works off-farm as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU).  In this position she helps organize the Midwest CSA Conference and also WFU’s solar initiatives. In addition she is the Secretary of the Board and Director of Development for the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative, a farmer-led co-op owned by the farmers and the Wisconsin Farmers Union, selling local fresh produce.  Sarah has a PhD in Rural Sociology from the UW-Madison and a Masters in Rural Development from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.  Her research has examined framings of sustainability in agriculture and rural community, including analysis of the political economic structures impacting opportunities for positive change.  Sarah represents the dairy farmers of Wisconsin on the National Dairy Board.  Sarah Lloyd is also on the Board of the Reedsburg based Wormfarm Institute, an organization that works at the intersection of culture and agriculture, featured in the annual Fermentation Fest and Farm/Art Dtour.  


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